MariJo Moore, of Cherokee, Irish and Dutch ancestry is an author/artist/poet/ essayist/lecturer/editor/publisher/workshop presenter. She attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Lancashire Polytechnic in Preston, England, where she received the equivalent of a BA in Literature. Her published works include Crow Quotes, Desert Quotes, Spirit Voices of Bones, Tree Quotes, Red Woman With Backward Eyes and Other Stories (rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING); Feeding the Ancient Fires: A Collection of Writings by North Carolina American Indians (editor, Cross Roads Press); The Ice Man, The First Fire, The Cherokee Little People, (children's books published by Rigby Education); and a bilingual edition (Dutch/English) Woestijnwoorden (Desert Words) published by Uitgeverij Kramat, Belgium, and Genocide of the Mind: New Writings by Native Americans (editor, Nations Books/Thunders Mouth Press NY). Her novel The Diamond Doorknob, was released in October 2003.
Ms. Moore now serves on the New York State Council on the Arts Literature panel, and has served on the board of the North Carolina Humanities Council, National Caucus of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, the board of the North Carolina Writers' Network, and the Speakers' Bureau for the North Carolina Humanities Council. In the past twelve years, Ms. Moore has presented more than 400 literary readings/lectures and creative writing workshops at numerous literary gatherings and educational institutions. Her first art showing (mixed media collages) was at the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC, March-May 2003.